Singing is central to everything we do in the music department and we have several choirs to accommodate pupils of all ages and stages. Our weekly rehearsals include Prep School Choir, Junior School Choir, Form I and II Choir, Senior Mixed Voice Choir and Chamber Choir. Repertoire is varied and represents the eclectic tastes of our choral directors and pupil members. We ensure there are a number of performance opportunities locally, nationally and internationally.
One of the biggest school events is the annual senior school musical and this coincides with the Dollar Academy sports weekend in June. The full-scale production takes place in professional theatres including The Alhambra in Dunfermline and The Macrobert Arts Centre at Stirling University. It is open to all pupils in Forms III – VI with auditions taking place before Easter to secure the coveted lead roles. Previous productions include: Cats, Chess, We Will Rock You, Grease, Footloose, The Addams Family and Les Miserables.
We provide numerous opportunities for our instrumentalists too including: 2 Jazz Orchestras, Chamber Music groups (which vary year to year depending upon available instrumentalists), String Ensembles and Wind Bands for lower and senior school pupils, as well as an orchestra for each of the Prep and Junior Schools and two Senior School orchestras. Music staff are always willing to create new ensembles to cater for pupil taste and Recorder Ensemble, Ukulele Group and Samba Band are only three of the activities that can be run as extras if numbers permit. Budding rock stars can also attend the Rock Band Club at an extra cost, run by our guitar, bass and drumkit instructors.
Our team of visiting music instructors can supply individual one to one tuition on an array of instruments and/or voice, with lessons available from Prep 3 upwards (Form I for vocal tuition). To find out more information, or to apply, please download this form.
Our Independent Music Instructors have put together a practice information sheet for their pupils. For some top tips on how to practice your instrument at home, please click here.